Being immersed in the Mediterranean lifestyle for the last month, I couldn't help but write about the endless uses for this magical and nourishing food! Olives were discovered (or at least documented) in Crete around 3,000 BCE and they have been the cornerstone of the Greek diet ever since. They have roughly 15% to 35% oleic acid which is an Omega 3 fatty acid that's rich in antioxidants like Vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. The locals believe its the healthiest fat on earth and perhaps they're right because it's uses can range from anti-aging and beauty products to brain and heart health!
Desperate for shiny hair? Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the ends of your hair before bed which will moisturize and soothe your strands, plus you will wakeup with a beautiful glossy shine!
Looking to improve your recall? Oleic acid is amazing for brain health because its the primary fat used to form myelin which the brain uses to help relay messages and communicate.
Want to have gorgeous cuticles? Simply apply olive oil around your nail beds to soften your cuticles once a day.
NATURAL MAKEUP REMOVER
Sick of using toxic chemicals to remove your makeup? Apply two tablespoons of olive oil to a cotton swab and rub over your face. This magical oil will not only remove old makeup but will leave your skin glowing.
Sometimes get the blues? Studies have show that omega 3's are a great way to boost your mood.
This healthy oil is loaded in monosaturated fats which have been shown to control LDL cholesterol (the bad one) while raising HDL cholesterol (the good one). In fact, the Food and Drug Administration recommends eating two table spoons a day!